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Wednesday 29 June - Saturday 2 July,

Merriman Summer School 2016

Gallant Allies in Europe

The theme of the 2016 Merriman Summer School, which is being held earlier this year, is ‘Gallant Allies in Europe’.
Lectures, talks, discussions will centre on Ireland’s relations with the British Empire and continental Europe in 1916 and with the United Kingdom and the European Union 100 years after the Easter Rising.

The 2016 Merriman Summer School takes place just as the implications of the result of the United Kingdom’s in/out referendum on European Union membership are becoming apparent.

This Summer School is being organised in partnership with the European Parliament’s Irish Office and is also part of County Clare’s Community Initiative contribution to the Centenary Programme in commemoration of the Easter Rising, Éire 1916-2016, along with the national Irish language strand, ‘An Teanga Bheo’.

Full details of the programme are available on merriman.ie.



  • Welcome and registration, 7pm
  • Opening of the School: Liam Ó Dochartaigh, Cathaoirleach, Cumann Merriman. 
    Introductory Remarks: Bríd Quinn / Lecture: Our Gallant allies in Europe: a Marriage of Convenience? Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, 8pm


  • Alliances with Europe: History Ireland Hedge School with Hiram Morgan, Sylvie Kleinman, Angus Mitchell & Mike Cronin with Tommy Graham, 10am – 12pm, €15 Book here
  • Cúirt An Mheán Lae: Biddy Jenkinson. Á cur i lathair ag Máire Ní Neachtain, 12.15pm, €5 Book here
  • Panel: ‘Exaltation among the nations’: Our women & men in Europe – former MEPs.
    Nuala Ahern, Sean Ó Neachtain, Emer Costello / Cathaoirleach: Jillian van Turnhout, 3pm, FOC
  • Panel: ‘To find the answering voices that they seek’: Ireland (North & South), Britain and Europe – in the  aftermath of the UK referendum / Professor. Mary C. Murphy, Steve Aiken MLA, Brian Hayes MEP, Cathaoirleach:  Pat Cox, 8pm, FOC


  • Painéal: ‘Cad é sin don té sin?’: Éire, an Bhreatain agus an Eoraip.
    Liadh Ní Riada TPE, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Harry Mc Gee, An tOllamh Mike Cronin / Cathaoirleach: Liam Ó Dochartaigh, 10am – 12pm, FOC
  • Cúirt an Mheán Lae: Brian Lynch. Á cur i láthair ag Máire Ní Neachtain, 12.15pm, €5 Book here
  • Panel: ‘For years untold her youth will shine’: Generation Maastricht: the youth perspective Le cinntiú: David Garrahy with Valery Molay and Cárthach Ó Faolain, former MEP Pat Cox, 3pm, FOC
  • ‘Cradling dreams’ – Cultural Perspectives.  Marina Carr and Mick O’Dea / Introduced by Doireann Ní Bhriain, 8pm, €15 Book here


  • Seimineár: ‘An Scríbhneoir i dTíortha Stráinséara’ Liam Mac Cóil.
    Cathaoirleach: Deirdre Nic Mhathúna, 10am, €10 Book here
  • Seminar: Gallant Allies and Exiled Children: International aspects of the 1916 Rising
    Ruán O’Donnell / Cathaoirleach: le cinntiú, 11am, €10 Book here
  • Cúirt an Mheán Lae: Gabriel Rosenstock. Á chur I láthair ag Máire Ní Neachtain, 12.15pm, €5 Book here
  • Panel: As others see us: ‘Move lips, move minds and make new meanings flare’
    Joachim Fischer, Francis Jacobs , Professor Eddie Moxon-Browne / Cathaoirleach: le cinntiú, 3pm, €15 Book here
  • ‘The confluence of dreams’: Looking to the Future
    Pat Cox, President European Parliament 2002-2004 / Closing of the School: Liam Ó Dochartaigh, 8pm, FOC
Wednesday 6 July, 12pm - 1.30pm,
Thursday 7 July, 3.30pm - 5pm, €10

Contemporary Dance Workshop with SAPP from Budapest

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Suitable for Ages 13+

Street Art Project Performances is a young Hungarian contemporary dance start-up, performing theatrical dance pieces. These workshops will be an introduction to dance performance and how it can be integrated in public spaces. With classical ballet and contemporary dance skills you will learn how to bring art to people's everyday life.

Thursday 7 July, 11am - 12.30pm, €10

Drawing Workshops with Aidan Courtney

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Suitable for ages 5+

Aidan Courtney delivers a bee themed illustration workshop where children will learn how to draw the Queen Bee, her workers, a bee keeper and many other fun bee related things. This will all be step by step drawing for kids. Parents  are welcome to accompany their children if they wish.

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 conc./€30 Family of 4

WiLd! by Evan Placey

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Ennis Street Arts Festival in association with glór
Presented by tutti frutti

WiLd! tells the story of 10-year-old Billy, who has been diagnosed with the condition ADHD and brilliantly captures Billy's world from his funny, quirky distracted view of the world.
Billy lives with his Mum while his Dad and elder brother no longer live at home. Billy decides to look after the bee hive that belonged to his Dad, trying to stop the bees from swarming and hoping his Dad will recognise that he has done a good thing - perhaps this might persuade Dad to return?

Suitable for Ages 8+│Duration 60 Mins

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July, 11am - 3.30pm, €25

Introduction to Clare Youth Theatre - Devising, Acting, Music Movement and Fun

at the Clare Museum as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

For ages 12 to 18.
Open to any young person in (or entering into) secondary school in September 2016.

If you are interested in all aspects of acting this is the course for you.  We will explore how we use our bodies, voice and imaginations to bring a character to life.

There will be lots of theatre games, improvisation and creating your own character techniques as we become acquainted with the actors’ world.

The workshops will be facilitated by Clare Youth Theatre Leaders Clare Townsend and Eleanor Feeley.

  • No experience is necessary.
  • Bring plenty of drinks!
  • Bring snacks and/or packed lunch
  • Wear comfortable clothes / shoes
  • Places are limited. Early booking advised

*Please note that the participants are unsupervised at lunchtime

Monday 18 - Friday 22 July, 10am - 1pm daily, €75/€140 for 2 siblings

Imagine This! Drama Programme

Suitable for ages 6 to 9

‘Imagine This!’ Drama Programme is a week-long summer programme offering a variety of drama experiences in a fun and participative environment.  Facilitated by Majella Perry, (BA Theatre, Utrecht) ’Imagine This!’ aims to nurture and encourage young people’s creativity and artistic expression.  Majella works collaboratively with children, to explore the magic of imagination and to expand their creative potential.

• Improvisation, devising drama scenes and storylines;
• Role-play & creating characters;
• Drama exercises & drama games, sensory work;
• Mime, movement, rhythm & percussion;
• Showcase of work on the final day

What can drama Offer?
• Development of imagination & creative awareness
• Increase in communication skills & self confidence
• Outlet for self expression & individuality
• Improve acting/performance skills and ability
• Opportunity to work creatively in groups

Thursday 28 July, 8pm, €25

Tommy Fleming at Sacred Heart Church, Scariff

as part of The Scariff Harbour Festival

Tommy turns each song into his own with his own unique and powerful style touching emotions in you that only music can reach. Tommy is famous for his own arrangement of “Danny Boy”, “Isle of Inisfree” and “Hard Times” all songs that you know and love but you have never heard them until you hear Tommy Fleming’s versions. He also covers songs from “You Raise Me Up” to “Bridge over Troubled Waters”, “From a Distance” and “Something Inside So Strong” along with many more contemporary numbers.

Early booking advised.